What can I take for anxiety and depression?

States of anxiety do capture the body into a type of neurosis stress state that can be layered over time with states of depression. These states typically stem from deeply rooted fears and apprehensions as “root causes”, so one should examine all states of our mental, emotional and spiritual well-being for preventive solutions. Calming and relaxing herbs can certainly help to calm anxiety states and therefore release us from depression.

Herbal remedies including Chamomile, Valerian, California Poppy, Passion Flower and St. Johns Wort used in combination should help provide relief. I would suggest finding a tea that may have a combination of some or all of these type herbals. Secondly, incorporate healthy habits into your lifestyle such as avoiding stimulants such as coffee, tea, chocolate, and cola drinks.

Incorporate daily breathing and perhaps meditation time with positive thinking and walking outdoors, preferably in the woods or by the ocean. At times of high stress, try more strenuous exercise to benefit the heart action as an added bonus. Other forms of exercise may include biking, dancing, or skipping rope.

- James Sullivan, N.D.

Jim Sullivan, ND

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